Sparkling Wine Production at Hill Family Estate

Sparkling Wine Production at Hill Family Estate

In most years, the first grapes harvested in Napa Valley from Yountville Vineyards go into creating delicious sparkling wines. At Hill Family Estate, some of their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are picked early in the season to produce their high-quality, vibrant,...
COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

These days we all need to be cautious by exercising safe distancing and a host of other precautionary measures to preserve our individual and community health. As many venues have now opened in California, we must continue to be careful and respectful of each other’s...
Veraison in the Vineyards

Veraison in the Vineyards

By late July, grapes in Napa vineyards undergo an important change known as “veraison,” a French term for the natural transition from growing to ripening. The grapes at this stage have nearly reached their mature size and are beginning to turn from green to red. The...
Determining Our Crop Projections

Determining Our Crop Projections

Managing Napa vineyards is a year-round job. Since each year presents variances in temperature, precipitation, wind, or other conditions, and vineyard managers respond to changes differently, every vintage is unique. For the same reasons, the volume will also be...
A Little About Our Bottling Process

A Little About Our Bottling Process

As you peruse the wine aisle, you see hundreds or even thousands of those beautiful wine bottles with eye-catching labels and sometimes whimsical or foreign names. Have you ever wondered how the superb deep red, pink, or white wines make the transition from the...
Removing and Replacing A Vineyard

Removing and Replacing A Vineyard

Over time, the output from older grapevines begins to diminish. Although vines can often live 50 to 100 years or more with care, the grapes tend to become smaller, and the flavors change, sometimes becoming more concentrated. For the vineyard manager and their wine...